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  1. Here are some cookies I have been making -

    http://jenyu.net/blog/2008/06/11/oran... Orange Ginger Cookies

    http://jenyu.net/blog/2007/12/20/ging... Ginger Lemon Cookies

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1713,... Chocolate Macaroons

    http://ayankeeinasouthernkitchen.com/... French Butter Cookies - with these I added crushed lavender flowers for a variation. Another variation was crushed saffron & scraped vanilla bean or coconut. It is a good basic butter cookie recipe and you can easily add variations.

    1. sarah, thank you for posting those awesome recipes. i think they sound so delicious. i can't decide whether to make first the orange ginger with chocolate or the ginger lemon. ;-)

      here are some pumpkin cookie recipes for the holidays: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/328849

        1. re: Chocolatechipkt

          thank you. i'd like to try the chocolate covered cherry cookies: http://www.yankeemagazine.com/recipes...

          or the cobble house pecan cookies: http://www.yankeemagazine.com/recipes...

          or the coconut island cookies: http://www.yankeemagazine.com/recipes...

          oatmeal, cranberry and white chocolate chip cookie: http://www.yankeemagazine.com/recipes...

          ooooh: pistachio cherry oatmeal scones: http://www.yankeemagazine.com/recipes...

          among many others, for certain. there are so many interesting and unusual -- and tasty-looking -- ideas!

          ps, a savory biscotti recipe for cocktail hour! cheddar, parm & sun-dried tomatoes!: http://www.yankeemagazine.com/recipes...

        2. Most of my faves you already have listed...there is a local cookbook author & blogger who's Chocolava cookies I make several times a year (sometimes several times a month) - they're moist, great chocolate flavor and lowfat (which is a bonus particularly around the Holidays). I make a lot of her cookies from "One Smart Cookie" and every last one has been a hit - people are always surprised they're lowfat. There are quite a few other recipes of hers on her blog - most recently her biscotti (click cookies & bars on the left column) :) http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2008/08/26...

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          1. re: maplesugar

            thanks, maplesugar, those chocolavas look great. i also like the sound of her cranberry, nut and white chocolate chunk biscotti.

            1. re: maplesugar

              I'm a year late, but just wanted to say that I tried these cookies and they were amazing! my kids loved them and they were so easy--can whip them up fast.

              I played with them a little--rolled in reg sugar instead of powdered because i hate powdered sugar on cookies, and used less baking powder as i like a flat cookie.

              But seriously, if you have kids, these will be a big hit. not suble or sophisitcated, but very good. closest i've ever come to archway dutch cocoa cookies, a fave of mine growing up.

              1. re: missmasala

                Glad you liked them missmasala. I roll my ginger cookies in cane sugar(I like the look & crunch of the bigger granule) I'll have to try that with the chocolava ones next time. Thanks :)

              1. What a great idea you hade for a thread. Thanks.

                Food Network e-mails a cookie-recipe-a-day during the holidays and some are great. Maybe sign up for their e-mail?

                Personally, I am very very happy when a cookie platter at Christmas includes those little balls rolled in powdered sugar - lots of names for the same cookie. As much as I love all the other cookies, this is always my favorite. Maybe others', too?
                Here's one recipe for them called Mexican Wedding Cookies
                http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mexican-...

                I also want to share two recipes from our local health food place,The Herb Cottage, because they are truly tasty and healthful.

                Also, know there is a sweet product you can bake with that is actually not sugar - it's xylitol. It comes in liquid form and granular form. It's great in baking cakes and cookies.

                (1) Doris' Sucanat Chews (makes 25 cookies)
                1 egg
                1 Cup packed sucanat
                1 tsp vanilla
                1/2 Cup sifted spelt flour
                1/4 tsp salt
                1/4 tsp baking soda
                1 Cup coarsly chopped walnuts (optional

                )

                Directions: Stir together egg, sucanat and vanilla, Stir in sifted flour with salt and soda. Stir in walnuts. Bake 18-20 minutes in well-greased 8" square pan at 350 degrees. Cookies should be soft when taken from oven. Cool in pan. Cut in squares.

                (2) Zesty Lemon Cookies (makes 36 cookies)
                3 Cups whole spelt flour (aka Farro)
                1 tsp baking powder
                1 tsp baking soda
                1/2 tsp salt
                1 Cup agave nectar
                1/4 cup melted coconut oil
                4 Tblsp fresh lemon juice (never bottled)
                4 tsp lemon zest, more if desired
                Organic sugar

                Directions:
                Mix dry ingredients and mae a well to receive wet ingredients.
                Whisk together in another bowl all the wet ingredients.
                Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredient and stir until blended.
                Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 hour until chilled.

                Roll dough into 1-1/2- inch balls and roll in sugar to coat.
                Place on greased (use the coconut oil again) baking sheet placed 2-inches apart.
                Bake at 350 until lightly brown, about 15-16 minutes.
                Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

                Hint: Ginger Cookies are really good made with spelt flour also because of the inherent nuttiness in the grain.

                Hints about spelt flour:
                http://bakingbites.com/2008/04/what-i...
                http://www.pacificbakery.com/spelt.htm
                http://www.ochef.com/108.htm

                Spelt contains about 57.9 percent carbohydrates (excluding 9.2 percent fibre), 17.0 percent protein and 3.0 percent fat, as well as dietary minerals and vitamins.[7] As it contains a moderate amount of gluten, it is suitable for baking.

                Spelt is closely related to common wheat, and is not suitable for people with celiac disease. Some people with wheat allergy or wheat intolerance tolerate spelt.

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                1. re: kc girl

                  Hi kc_girl,
                  Do you mind sharing the recipe for these cookies you mentioned "little balls rolled in powdered sugar".
                  Thanks.

                2. here's another cookie-palooza link:

                  http://www.northpole.com/Kitchen/Cook...

                  (there are different links for all types of holiday recipes)

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                  1. re: toodie jane

                    thanks, toodie jane. the golden coconut drops caught my eye. http://www.northpole.com/Kitchen/Cook...

                    uses orange zest, which i recall martha stewart did in her coconut macaroons. delicious!

                  2. Ok, I'm having a problem here: too many choices of cookies! I like to mix things around a bit every year, with a few recipes staying the same, but I have too many cookies I want to try. I also have many willing guinea pigs lol, but I have to draw a line somewhere ... right?

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                    1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                      too many choices?
                      try a few recipes at a time during the run-up to the holidays.

                      make cookie plates for the local post office, fire house, police station,. animal shelter, senior center, veteran's organization, etc.

                      host a cookie exchange party with people from work, church, social club,etc--to search for more 'favorites' w/o having to make them all yourself!

                      rememeber us, and post your favorites!

                      1. re: toodie jane

                        Ok, I've finally started narrowing down my list. The baking has begun: http://areyouhungryyet.blogspot.com/2...

                        1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                          espresso shorties and peanut butter balls i want now!

                            1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                              oooh, you ARE close! thanks so much for the offer!

                              got milk?

                              {;^D

                    2. I've loved everything I've tried from the Land o Lakes website:
                      http://www.landolakes.com/mealideas/R...

                      The Old World Raspberry Bars and German Chocolate Cookies are especially delicious. But anything made with real butter can't be bad. ;-)

                      1. more from gourmet, 1941-2008 -- the best cookie recipe each year!
                        http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/cookie...

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                        1. re: alkapal

                          Thanks for that great link.

                          The brown butter cookies from 1961 sound delicious!
                          http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/1960s/...

                          1. re: Funwithfood

                            fun, you are welcome. simplicity is indeed king, in my taste book.

                            the gourmet cookie timeline is a neat site, but i'm sad to see that it will be going away (at least over to epicurious); who knows what they might cut out? ;-(.

                            from the site: "" THE GOURMET.COM WEBSITE WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE DURING A TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, AND ACCESS TO GOURMET RECIPES WILL ALSO REMAIN AVAILABLE VIA SISTER SITE EPICURIOUS.COM AND THE EPI IPHONE APPLICATION."""

                            1. re: alkapal

                              As Gourmet.com 's links no longer work for these 1941-2008 recipes, I was looking online to try and find some sort of recipe archive or downloadable pdf or SOMETHING to find these recipes. Because Gourmet.com shows you the pictures and the name of each recipe, but then decided to torture the public by making it so that when you click on the link for your desired recipe, it goes to a 404 Error 'Content not found' page.
                              FINALLY, I found this: If you go to this website, people had gotten together on this message board DESPERATELY trying to find these recipe's as well.

                              http://metatalk.metafilter.com/18920/...

                              If you scroll down to the post that says:

                              "I cut and pasted all of them into a word document. I've PDF'ized it and posted it to my website, here.
                              Enjoy!
                              posted by Confess, Fletch at 12:29 PM on February 27 [18 favorites] ",

                              you simply click on the "here", and it downloads a 116-page PDF from one amazing person who had all of the recipes saved, in the same format (I would assume) that used to be on Gourmet's website. All 67 recipes from 1941-2008!

                              Hope this helps anyone who is trying to find these recipes!

                              1. re: zrecipes1

                                oh my goodness, you are a living DOLL for getting this link!

                                thankyouthankyouthankyou!

                          2. re: alkapal

                            How'd I miss this last year? Love brown butter anything. These will definitely make it into the rotation this year! Thanks again alkapal!

                              1. re: alkapal

                                i must say for the record that gourmet's cookies by year (especially the vintage years) is one of my favorite things in the world. i can't remember what year they were unveiled but i made the "sugar shuttles" last year and they were so understated and so sugary and buttery and grand.

                                1. re: swiftbanderilla

                                  that link is broken now, with gourmet's demise, but i think there is a link somewhere around here (can't recall) where someone cached the recipes.

                                  maybe the cached link is on this thread?

                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    http://metatalk.metafilter.com/18920/...

                                    scroll about 1/3 of the way down to the post that says "I cut and pasted all of them into a word document. I've PDF'ized it and posted it to my website, here."

                                    ...and click on "here."

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      Thank goodness, because I have doubled my Christmas cookie production due to this list. I had been making the same dozen cookies year after year, and now, the possibilities are endless! So many new favorites.

                                      BTW I am so glad that we start this discussion every year around Labor Day, I used to think I was weird to start planning (well really dreaming) so early.

                                    2. re: alkapal

                                      glory hallelujah, thank god for that kind person who saved those recipes i love. thank you for the link!!

                                      1. re: swiftbanderilla

                                        i know. perhaps we need to cache *that* site, if that link goes down....

                                2. goodness gracious alive! look at these delicious german, dutch, swiss, polish and ukrainian christmas cookies recipes: http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?...

                                  Speculaas Koekjes (Dutch Spice Cookies).
                                  Pepernoten (Dutch Peppernuts
                                  )Ciastka Miodowe (Polish Honey Cakes)
                                  Janina's Piernik (Polish Honey Spice Cakes)
                                  Speculatius (German Spice Cookies)
                                  St. Nikolaus Speculatius (Kris Kringle) Cookies (German Spice Cookies)
                                  Czechoslovakian Moon Cookies
                                  St. Nicholas' Day Initial Cookies
                                  Sprits (Dutch Letter Cookies)
                                  Luzern Lebkuchen (Swiss Bar Cookies)
                                  Krabeli (Swiss Springerle)
                                  Gevulde Speculaas (Dutch Almond Filled Speculaas) **** can you believe this?! YUM!
                                  Serbian Vanilla Cookies
                                  Pfeffernuesse (German Peppernuts)
                                  Pepernoten (Dutch Peppernut Cookies)
                                  Haselnussmakronen (German Hazelnut Macaroons)
                                  Ukrainian Sugar Cookies
                                  Ukrainian Christmas Honey Cookies

                                      1. these linzer sablés look so nice: http://noskos.blogspot.com/2008/12/li...

                                        and got a good review from another (quite funny) blogger: http://sporkandfoon.typepad.com/spork...

                                        1. ....awaiting maplesugar's carrot cake sandwich cookie recipe.....
                                          "With bated breath, and whispring humblenesse."
                                          -- the bard, merchant of venice, 1596

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                                          1. re: alkapal

                                            lol I can't take credit for it... it's another recipe from One Smart Cookie by Julie Van Rosendaal:

                                            CARROT CAKE COOKIES

                                            1/4 cup butter softened
                                            1/2 cup sugar
                                            1/2 cup packed brown sugar
                                            1 large egg
                                            1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                            1&1/2 cups all purpose flour
                                            1 teaspoon cinnamon
                                            1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                                            1/4 teaspoon salt

                                            1 packed cup coarsely grated carrot (about 2-3 medium carrots)
                                            1/2 cup raisins
                                            1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional and since my daughter's go to a nut-free school I don't use 'em)

                                            Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting (also "optional" but I wouldn't make a carrot cake without frosting either)...recipe follows

                                            (With rack in the centre, preheat oven to 350F)
                                            1. In a mixer beat together butter, sugars, egg and vanilla until blended and smooth.
                                            2. Add flour, cinnamon, leavener and salt and stir by hand until combined.
                                            3. Add carrots, raisins and nuts(if using) and stir until just combined; being careful not to overwork the batter.
                                            4. Drop small spoonfuls of dough onto a prepared cookie sheet.
                                            5. Bake for about 12 minutes, until cookies are just barely golden on the edges with no wet-looking spots on top. Cool on a wire rack.
                                            >>MAKES 1&1/2 DOZEN<< (I usually double the recipe)

                                            LEMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

                                            1/4 cup reduced fat cream cheese (yes really)
                                            2 Tablespoons butter
                                            1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
                                            1&1/2 cups icing sugar (sifted if yours it a bit clumpy)

                                            1. Clean the mixer you just used to make the cookies ;)
                                            2. Beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth and light.
                                            3. Add lemon juice and icing sugar and beat until smooth and fluffy; adding a bit more icing sugar or lemon juice/water as needed to get the consistency you like.

                                            >>Makes 1&1/2 cups, enough for about 3 dozen cookies(or 18 sandwich cookies)<<

                                            Enjoy! :)

                                            1. re: maplesugar

                                              brava, maplesugar! thank you so much for the great recipe. those cookies look like they take the cake! <giggle>

                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                Thanks alkapal *curtsey* lol (so not the curtsey type) ...going over my post I realize now my fingers musta been a bit dyslexic (and I apparently also forgot chowhound doesn't do html) heh.

                                                They really are cakey, although in a good way :)

                                                1. re: maplesugar

                                                  >>I realize now my fingers musta been a bit dyslexic<<

                                                  your recipe is perfectly fine. thanks again!

                                          2. omg THANK YOU ap!!! I will be checking this all out, love to look at these and to also get new recipes!

                                            1. this recipe claims to be "the only chocolate chip cookie recipe you'll ever need" -- and looking at the photo, that might be right! http://onewholeclove.typepad.com/one_...

                                              and look at this one, with pear, cranberry, fig, hazelnut & pecans! http://onewholeclove.typepad.com/one_...

                                              and wouldn't these cute maple cookies be fun for an autumn party? http://onewholeclove.typepad.com/one_...

                                              ~~~
                                              check out the other recipes on that blog, too.

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                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                Believe it or not, I was looking at my Christmas cookie recipes yesterday.....the choc chip recipe looks good, but each cookie uses 4 Tbsp of dough? Maybe I could adjust my Toll House recipe by adding the extra yolk. I like bite size!

                                                1. re: coll

                                                  coll, isn't it odd how our minds here on chowhound are already anticipating the autumn and holiday seasons?

                                                  with me, it was first with my pumpkins, then with the sweet potato surprise cake, now with cookies!

                                                  this recipe, though, for the chocolate chip cookies needs nuts. then, i guess, it'd be a toll house cookie, after all....

                                                2. re: alkapal

                                                  While that does look like a delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe, after tying tens and tens of different recipes, the one that still tastes the best when homemade to me and anyone else I have ever baked them for is surprisingly the basic Nestlé Toll House recipe, from http://www.verybestbaking.com/mobile/...
                                                  The only difference that I make, is that I just pack the brown sugar as firmly as I can, and I let the vanilla spill over the measuring spoon for just a millisecond so there is an extra hint of vanilla flavor. Also, instead of the recommended baking time of 9-11 minutes, I take them out at approximately 7 minutes, and let them sit on the baking sheet for a minute or two to let them set before transferring them to a wire rack to let them cool completely (not that me or anyone can wait long enough for them to cool!). They are not undercooked, but they stay moist and chewy even after they finish cooling. The pan-cookie variation near the bottom of the page of this recipe is also very very good, and is much easier if you are short on time, because you just end up making one giant sheet cookie and cutting into squares when cool enough, rather than forming each individual cookie before baking.
                                                  Neither variations will disappoint! :)

                                                3. Did rugelach make your list? Always makes mine!

                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/347827
                                                  CH's really came thru for me a while back.

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                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                    Seriously, though, ever since you brought up the topic, all I want today is some rugelach! I have to go read the other thread and see what other great fillings CHers suggested.

                                                    1. re: Normandie

                                                      Now Normandie, you dive right in to these rugelach recipes and in no time at all I'll be asking YOU for filling combos & dough tips!

                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                        I usually do okay in the fillings and flavor combinations departments, J, but I promise--while my doughs aren't completely inedible, you'll do much better to stick with your own counsel on those. :-)

                                                      2. re: Normandie

                                                        A few years ago someone posted a filling they made on the fly with apples, it sounded really good.

                                                        1. re: coll

                                                          coll, apple fillings work so well with pie crusts, and with puff pastry, and to me, rugelach seems to be in between the two, in terms of texture--you have to figure there would be some really delicious apple fillings for rugelach. I'll have to look for the apple posts re this--thanks for the heads-up.

                                                          1. re: Normandie

                                                            I remember it was something like she had some apples laying around and cooked them down with cinnamon and raisins just to get rid of them. I printed it out but made them the usual way last year, I will look through my files.

                                                            1. re: coll

                                                              TY, coll. The guys in my family love apples in anything, which is great since apples are always accessible and you can find one variety or another that taste good all-year round. I can just see them being really adaptable, too, to different treatments--e.g., apple/maple syrup; apple and brandy; apple and candied ginger, and on and on and on.

                                                              1. re: Normandie

                                                                I have a crazy weekend, but it's got to be around somewhere, give me a couple of days. All of your ideas might be better anyway!

                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                  I'm still looking for that recipe, just remembered it involved some jarred caramel sauce too which is probably what caught my attention. Unfortunately I never made it following this recipe and just have vague memories.

                                                      3. re: HillJ

                                                        J, if you see this...do you think I could make your recipe with mascarpone, which I have on had, instead of cream cheese (which I don't)?

                                                        1. re: Normandie

                                                          Absolutely, just scale back on the add'l sugars. Great idea!

                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                            Okay, it's a go, then. I'll just have to force myself (yuk yuk) to sample as I go to make sure I don't add too much sugar.

                                                            I found some really nice looking strawberry-rhubarb preserves yesterday at the market. So the plan is strawberry-rhubarb-almond rugelach for my first batch; some of that nice apple filled rugelach per coll's suggestion once I get the hang of making this stuff. Will let you know how it goes.

                                                            1. re: Normandie

                                                              i have never had any good rugelach.

                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                I have, but none of that stuff that comes from the supermarket bakery department. Ugh. That stuff reminds me of a plastic sandal--dry, tough, generic. But when someone really knows how to make it (IOW, not me, LOL), it's light, flaky and moist. JMO, but I see your point in that seems to be one of those items that's easy for people not to make it well.

                                                                1. re: Normandie

                                                                  The person who gave me my first rugelach recipe (not that I'm tied to it) called for sour cream rather than cream cheese to make it light. Homemade will always trump commercial.

                                                                2. re: alkapal

                                                                  It leaves me cold as well. My neighbor loves it and asked me for a recipe (she knows I bake) but I have never made it because it does nothing for me.

                                                                3. re: Normandie

                                                                  Normandie, that sounds like a wonderful combo! I look forward to hearing about your delicious results.

                                                                  And to the CH's who aren't moved by rugelach or haven't had a good experience, I feel your pain. Like any recipe, tasting the stellar from the marginal is everything.

                                                          2. here are some of sylvia's german cookie recipes: http://rreu.11net.com/reu/recipies/ge...
                                                            also stollen and cakes recipes.

                                                            1. The December issue of REAL SIMPLE magazine has a base sugar cookie dough recipe with ten ways to "dress it" up into some yummy homemade cookie treats. Worth a look.

                                                              http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe...

                                                              1. Does anyone have Julia Childs Rugelach recipe,I hear it is fab.....
                                                                I will be baking some rugelach for christmas and am wondering what recipe is truly the best???? Any opinions..... Happy baking....

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                                                                1. re: heylids

                                                                  Wasn't it just in the NY Times this weekend?

                                                                  I guess not, but this recipe should be excellent, based on the developer

                                                                  http://events.nytimes.com/recipes/102...

                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                    Rugelach horns are rolled differently. Zabar's sells several types of rugelach and their "horn" variety are shaped like mini cornucopia with lots of filling peaking out of the top.

                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                      You could just roll it however you want, I would think.

                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                        Sure you can but their are different rugelach styles being made. Just a mention for those of us approaching the recipe with varying intents. The main intent in my kitchen is taste but I do enjoy the look of the horn style over the roll up.

                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                          I am definitely not a rugelach expert.

                                                                  2. re: heylids

                                                                    Cook's illustrated was pretty good
                                                                    Never tried Dorie Greenspan's
                                                                    Brody's from Epicurious was the best, imho. Loved her filling, etc.

                                                                    Best tip I have is to put the cookies in the fridge or freezer in between:
                                                                    1) rolling/filling and actually cutting
                                                                    2) after cutting and before baking

                                                                    1. re: superfinespot

                                                                      Completely agree with the fridge or freeze method betwen batches.

                                                                    2. re: heylids

                                                                      I've had no luck tracking down a recipe by Julia C. for rugelach. Did this recipe appear in any of her cookbooks?

                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                        Rugelach isn't very French, is it? Not that I'm the biggest expert on Julia, besides reading the Julie and Julia book right now.

                                                                        1. re: coll

                                                                          lol, whether neither was Julia but it would appear Julia didn't have her own recipe for rugelach any who...just a traditional adaptation. The research continues..

                                                                    3. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                                                                      okay adding this one to the line up this holiday. What a fantastic recipe.

                                                                      1. I'm thinking of putting together a big box of various kinds to send to my mother-in-law so she doesn't have to knock herself out doing them herself this year (or at least will only have to do a few). So far am thinking of World Peace cookies, a Maida Heatter caramel/pecan/chocolate square, some Lebkuchen of some sort, shortbread, a brown sugar pecan cookie, and Mexican wedding cookies. What's on your list for this year?

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                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                          Great question. I'm hoping to have ten cookies in all and three candies in my gift box for my employees and volunteers, my daughters students and my husbands clients. That's roughly 500 cookies btwn now and Christmas. So I'm preping and baking every day.

                                                                          So far the line up includes: 3 versions of rugelach, peppermint brownie bites, pralines, raspberry-dark choclate bark, cranberry pistachio squares, lemon shortbreads, hazelnut biscotti and green tea cookies. I have a ways to go :)

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            I'd like to make it as varied as possible. Hadn't thought of biscotti (I'm not crazy about them, but I know a lot of people like them). Green tea cookie recipe please?

                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                              http://www.chow.com/recipes/27900?tag...
                                                                              and this caramel rugelach recipe is really good too.

                                                                              I'm not a fan of hard cookies (maybe its my dentist-phobia showing, anyway..) so I tend to make biscotti more like an underbaked mandel bread crescent.

                                                                              On the green tea (matcha) cookies I have been using this wonderful recipe:
                                                                              http://milkandhoneycafe.blogspot.com/...
                                                                              The deep green color adds sparkle to the gift. Raw sugar sprinkled on top is a nice accent.

                                                                              Enjoy!

                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                Looks great. I figure I have this weekend and next to get this together...

                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                  Two cookies I always include because of the colors, although they are also my best and oldest recipes: Neopolitan rainbow cookies, and bakery sandwich cookies with chocolate and sprinkles on one end. They make the plates look so festive.

                                                                                2. re: HillJ

                                                                                  great assortment.

                                                                                  the green tea cookies look v appealing drizzled or dipped in white chocolate

                                                                                  1. re: superfinespot

                                                                                    superfinespot, sure they would sans raw sugar sprinkle, good idea! In the category of chocolate goodies with the cookie recipes I'm playing with variations on this toffee recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/12/cof...

                                                                            1. There are sooo many good choices here -- I keep adding more to my list! Eventually I have to say no more, right?! I was planning to do things simpler this year, more because I don't want to overwhelm people with tons of cookies ... but I there are so many good ones out there. Decisions ... decisions ...

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                                                                              1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                Maybe give them all a personal certificate for a Cookie of the Month Club, baked by you.

                                                                              2. http://www.visionsofsugarplum.com/200...

                                                                                My holiday cookie tray was missing something...then I found it! French toast snickerdoodles!

                                                                                1. http://www.amazon.com/Brookside-Dark-...
                                                                                  I took a cup of these delicious chocolate covered pomegrantes by Brookside (avail at Costco for $9.99/bag) and rough chopped them into chocolate chip cookie dough along with a 1/2 cup of roasted hazelnuts and they are DELICIOUS!

                                                                                  1. wow! what a fantastic list - i don't even know where to start! i want to give cookie mix out as small gifts this year. i would love to give a mix that LOOKS pretty in a jar, i've seen some with layers that look lovely - anyone made the mix to any of these cookies and given them out?

                                                                                    1. These are some of my favourite cookie recipes.

                                                                                      Gourmet's Madeleine Cookies
                                                                                      http://www.recipezaar.com/Gourmet-Mad...

                                                                                      Regan Daley's Chocolate Fudge Cookies With Toffee & Dried Cherries
                                                                                      http://www.recipezaar.com/Chocolate-F...

                                                                                      Bon Appétit's Triple-Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
                                                                                      http://www.recipezaar.com/Triple-Choc...

                                                                                      Shirley Corriher's Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
                                                                                      http://www.recipezaar.com/Chocolate-C...

                                                                                      Italian Bride’s Pecan Cookies (Pastelitos De Boda)
                                                                                      http://www.recipezaar.com/Italian-Bri...

                                                                                      Dorie Greenspan's Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies
                                                                                      http://www.recipezaar.com/Sugar-Toppe...

                                                                                      Easy Cut Rugelach
                                                                                      http://www.recipezaar.com/Easy-Cut-Ru...

                                                                                      Joan Nathan's Rugelach (Cinnamon, Chocolate, or Apricot)
                                                                                      http://www.recipezaar.com/Joan-Nathan...

                                                                                      Dorie Greenspan's Linzer Cookies
                                                                                      http://www.recipezaar.com/Linzer-Cook...

                                                                                      TKO Cookies - Thomas Keller Oreos
                                                                                      http://www.recipezaar.com/tko-cookies...

                                                                                      1. I'm done with cookies for this season (at least that's the plan.) Here's what I made: peach-raspberry linzers, shortbread snowflakes, chocolate-dipped espresso shortbread trees, soft ginger cookies, fleur de sel caramel, almond buttercrunch, chocolate chip-pretzel cookies, cranberry-oatmeal-chip cookies, and pecan bars with cranberries.

                                                                                        Here are a few pics, along with pics for most: http://areyouhungryyet.blogspot.com/2...

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                                                                                        1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                          What a beautifully delicious line up, Cocholatechipkt! The photos are great! You had me at peach-raspberry linzers!

                                                                                          1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                            the chocolate dipped espresso tree cookies are cute!

                                                                                            we had 19" of snow here in arlington. looks like you got about the same?

                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                              I realized belatedly that of the bunch, I made the most seemingly kid-interesting cookies the ones with espresso in them. Oops. :b I was happy with how they turned out, though.

                                                                                              And yeah, we got about that much snow, too. Crazy!

                                                                                              1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                                did the kids like them? i grew up with grandparents who'd give me milk with sugar and coffee -- so i've always loved coffee. maybe it was because of my grandparents, or maybe i had an innate love of the flavor, and they just helped it along. ;-).

                                                                                                happy new year!

                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                  Smart grandparents ... :)

                                                                                                  The teenager loved them--and I haven't heard back about anyone younger, so I think I'm in the clear! Happy New Year to you!

                                                                                          2. here is a lovely cookie i saw on the blog of fellow chowhound, arikadawn: chocolate fudge cookies with dried cherries and toffee: http://rawforamonth.blogspot.com/2009...

                                                                                            good for valentine's day.

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                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                              Another cookie/candy holiday coming up! Hooray. By the way the recipes for cookies and confections in the new Gourmet cookbook look great and are out of the ordinary - there's one for passion fruit jellies (suitable for V-day) I'm dying to make.

                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                LOL, I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees holidays that way! :b

                                                                                                Another great recipe Alkapal!

                                                                                            2. here is the link for cached old gourmet magazine cookie recipes...
                                                                                              http://metatalk.metafilter.com/18920/...

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